Android 3.0 Gingerbread Rumored Features Listed; Google Employee Plays Spoilsport

July 2, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The next version of the Android OS called Android 3.0 and codenamed “Gingerbread” has been rumored to consist of high-end features and may be more compatible on tablets rather than most smartphones. However, Google Android’s Open Source and Compatibility Tech Lead Dan Morill has rubbished all rumors concerning Android 3.0 Gingerbread on the microblogging site Twitter, stating that rumors should not be considered as official announcements.

Android 3.0 Gingerbread was earlier rumored to require at least a 1GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and a minimum screen size of 3.5 inches on devices that would run the operating software. This led to speculations that Gingerbread, which was again rumored to launch in mid-October, would be aimed at tablets, since most smartphones did not fulfill the hardware requirements for the software.

Gingerbread was also said to offer a resolution of 1280×760 pixels in devices that had screens larger than 4 inches in size. Android 3.0 would also incorporate a new user interface that would reduce the dependence on customized UIs from handset manufacturers, such as the MotoBlur and Sense UI. The user interface was said to be similar to the 3D Gallery app that is present in Android 2.2.

The clarification of the Android 3.0 Gingerbread rumors as being untrue, by Google employee Dan Morill, is being presently treated as the last word on the matter until more rumors surface, or Google itself makes an announcement.

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